Westminster’s Meldrum Science Center Recognized as an Example of Innovative Growth
SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster College received the Envision Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Award for the campus’s platinum LEED certified Meldrum Science Center. Westminster was among five award winners recognized for innovation and enhancing Utah’s quality of life.
“Utah’s future will reflect the collective impact of today’s development decisions,” said Kevin Fayles, Community Relations Manager of Envision Utah. “With the Quality Growth Award winners as models, the future looks bright. They demonstrate that development can enhance our communities and succeed in the market.”
The Meldrum Science Center’s efficient, environmentally sensitive design makes it a showcase for environmental stewardship and demonstrates Westminster’s commitment to environmental responsibility. From solar panels on the roof to unique water conservation features, the building houses a plethora of “green” characteristics. Some of the top environmentally-friendly features include: daylight sensors that automatically control the use of artificial lighting, building materials that are locally sourced and environmentally sound, flooring and exhibit boxes made of reclaimed wood, construction waste that was recycled up to 85 percent, and state-of-the-art zone ventilation and filtration systems.
“Westminster College is deeply honored by Envision Utah's recognition of our pro-active leadership in energy efficiency, cleaner air, alternative transportation, and environmental conservation,” said Dr. Mary Jane Chase, dean of Westminster’s School of Arts and Sciences. “The Meldrum Science Center is the latest in a long history of commitments Westminster has made to the type of community we are collectively building in Utah. In and from this building, every Westminster student will have the chance to learn how our actions and choices impact our environment. It is not only a great accomplishment, but it is an investment in the future of our community.”
The four-story, 60,000 square-foot, Meldrum Science Center houses 14 high-performance integrated lab/classrooms and five dedicated research labs, as well as optimum space for students and faculty from different disciplines to discuss new concepts and conduct research collaboratively. The building is designed to facilitate active, experiential, interdisciplinary and collaborative learning through the use of open, flexible classroom spaces and research labs.
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Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit http://www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.